Much like its namesake, Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise grabs you and doesn’t let you go just because you finished watching it. Some films provoke animated conversations and robust engagement. This is one of them.
Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise is a documentary about Thelma & Louise. Not about ‘the Making’ of the film. Not the story behind the film. But about what Thelma & Louise means to viewers. What place does it occupy in the hearts and minds of the filmgoing public? And Why?
In this one-minute clip, Sarah, a participant in our film, reminds us of the essential elements unlying the protagonists’ journey. These elements provide the seedbed that Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise grew out of, unfolding in an organic, real-world expression of the ‘mother film.’
Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise had its beginnings in 1991, when viewers from around the country shared their visceral reactions to Thelma & Louise, in writing, in a national survey produced and distributed by Jennifer Townsend.
In 2014, Film Director, Jennifer Townsend, began tracking down respondents to her 1991 survey. As respondents were found, she and her film team traveled across the country to conduct on-camera interviews, capturing reactions to their original survey responses as well as current impressions and comparisons.
One can only imagine the challenges in trying to locate people whose contact information was twenty-five years old; whose addresses and phone numbers were no longer accurate; who moved to other cities and states; who got married or divorced; changed names, etc.
The parallel relationships between Thelma and Louise and Butch and Sundance – with that final scene from Butch Cassidy was masterfully edited. I thought it worked really well. It ‘landed’ that our culture has such a marginal view of women, especially in film and media.
I appreciated how you referenced scenes from the movie as a reminder. It really took me ‘there’ and to my own memories of the movie as I listened to the discussion so I felt included. The editing felt integrated and seamless. Nice!
I stayed engaged with the commentary throughout, never felt lost and definitely felt it took the time to say what everyone needed to say without belaboring any given point.
T&L was powerful film that definitely impacted people and stood the test of time. Your film about it also stands on its own. Even if someone had never seen Thelma and Louise I think they would get a ton out of the discussion
WOW, I think it is so powerful. I completely love your idea for this film and clearly you have some very compelling footage to work with!! I’m really excited about this for you!! I so want to see this film get made, as it contains such important topics.
I watched it 3 times. Your story was so powerful and it brought me to my knees with flowing tears. Personally I think that you shouldn’t edit anything out of it because, the pain that you sincerely project is a reality and people need to understand that this is a very serious and painful crime that impacts one for the rest of their life. Women are the weaker sex, and unfortunately we are smaller and less muscular and have no chance against a man, and it happens when we least expect it.